West Ham vs. Manchester City: Teams, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info, Ticket News

Rob Pollard@@RobPollard_Featured ColumnistJanuary 23, 2016

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero applauds supporters after scoring his second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday Jan. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Jon Super/Associated Press

Manchester City travel to Upton Park on Saturday for a teatime showdown with West Ham United.

The Hammers took three points from their visit to the Etihad earlier in the season but have won just three of their last 12 Premier league games, a run that has seen their early-season momentum slowed somewhat. A win for Slaven Bilic's side would see them complete a league double over City for the first time since the 1962-63 season.

They’re unbeaten in eight on home soil and sit sixth in the table.

City’s away form has been poor, but their last Premier League game on the road saw them end a six-match winless run with a 2-1 victory over Watford.

Manuel Pellegrini knows his side need to start showing some consistency or face another season without silverware.

West Ham won the corresponding fixture last season 2-1. Diafro Sakho and Morgan Amalfitano put the home side 2-1 up before a wonderful second-half strike by David Silva gave City some hope.


Date: Saturday, January 23

Kick-off: 5:30 p.m. GMT/12:30 p.m. ET

TV Listings: Sky Sports 1/HD (UK) & NBC (US) 

Livestream: SkyGo

Our TV guide to where you can watch the @whufc_official v #MCFC clash... Global listings: https://t.co/WS16VrauKy pic.twitter.com/i7d9RGu7l8

— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) January 22, 2016


Form Guide

West Ham United

Newcastle United 2-1 West Ham United 

Bournemouth 1-3 West Ham United

West Ham United 1-0 Wolves (FA Cup) 

West Ham United 2-0 Liverpool 

West Ham United 2-1 Southampton

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Dimitri Payet of West Ham United celebrates scoring his team's third goal with his team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and West Ham United at Selhurst Park on October 17, 2015 in London,
Alex Broadway/Getty Images


Manchester City 

Manchester City 4-0 Crystal Palace 

Everton 0-0 Manchester City

Norwich City 0-3 Manchester City (FA Cup)

Everton 2-1 Manchester City (League Cup)

Watford 1-2 Manchester City

Jon Super/Associated Press


Predicted Formations 

West Ham United

James Tomkins is a doubt. Diafra Sakho, Andy Carroll and Manuel Lanzini are all definitely unavailable, but Joey O'Brien is back in contention. 

West Ham United (from): Adrian, Randolph, Spiegel, Collins, Cresswell, Byram, Demel, Henry, Jenkinson, O'Brien, Ogbonna, Oxford, Reid, Tomkins, Antonio, Cullen, Kouyate, Moses, Noble, Obiang, Payet, Song, Jelavic, Valencia, Zarate.

Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Adrian; Tomkins, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Obiang, Noble; Antonio, Payet, Valencia; Jelavic  

BEST OF BILIC: Slaven Bilic provides the latest team-news ahead of the @MCFC game. https://t.co/P70UwaWW1S #WHUFC pic.twitter.com/0j3aJhdfNa

— West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) January 22, 2016


Manchester City 

Vincent Kompany, Aleksandar Kolarov, Wilfried Bony and Samir Nasri are all out, but Fernandinho is back fit. 

Last night putting the work in with my personal trainer to get fit to help my team mates give @MCFC fans more goals! pic.twitter.com/NmbgHVG6dk

— Wilfried Bony (@wilfriedbony) January 22, 2016

Manchester City (from): Caballero, Hart, Wright, Clichy, Demichelis, Kolarov, Kompany, Mangala, Otamendi, Sagna, Zabaleta, De Bruyne, Delph, Fernandinho, Fernando, Navas, Roberts, Silva, Toure, Zuculini, Aguero, Bony, Iheanacho, Sterling.

Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Hart; Sagna, Otamendi, Demichelis, Clichy; Fernandinho, Toure; De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling; Aguero 


Players to Watch

West Ham United: Dimitri Payet

But for an injury that kept him out for two months, Dimitri Payet would be being spoken about as one of the season’s star performers.

West Ham deserve huge credit for signing him. This is a player who could comfortably play in a Champions League side, so impressive is his natural ability. He possesses skill, vision and the audaciousness to try something innovative and offers enjoyment to those who watch him.

He’s by far West Ham’s most creative player, has six goals in 18 appearances across all competitions and has dazzled throughout the season.

Frank Augstein/Associated Press


Manchester City: Sergio Aguero

The most potent striker in Premier League history is returning to his premium level.

Sergio Aguero has had his injury problems this season, but he’s now fully fit and looking close to his best.

Given his struggles with injury, his scoring record remains impressive. He has 10 league goals from just 14 starts, with an average of a goal every 71 minutes.

For many, keeping Aguero fit is the key to City’s title chances. The Aguero-David Silva axis remains the most creative, powerful attacking pair in the league.

He has scored four goals and assisted two in seven league outings against West Ham.

Here is a closer look at Aguero's record in the Premier League this season #SSNHQ pic.twitter.com/QAMBn7RaIK

— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) January 22, 2016

Sergio Aguero has scored 5 goals in 8 games against West Ham #SSNHQ pic.twitter.com/ZHrWITrNT0

— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) January 22, 2016


Key Battle

Pedro Obiang vs. David Silva

Much like Payet is the hub of West Ham's creativity, David Silva is at the heart of City's forward play. 

It is the Spanish international who controls the tempo of City's game. 

He's been hitting top speed in the last couple of weeks after a difficult return from injury, and the City players know if they give him the ball, something will happen. 

Pedro Obiang will be charged with stopping him on Saturday. It's arguably the most important job in the West Ham team for this game. 

Jon Super/Associated Press


Odds (via Odds Shark)

West Ham United: +447

Manchester City: -161

Draw: +272

West Ham United's French midfielder Dimitri Payet (L) celebrates after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Bournemouth and West Ham United at the Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, southern England on January 12, 2016. AFP PHOTO


Rob Pollard is Bleacher Report's lead Manchester City correspondent and will be following the club from a Manchester base throughout the 2015/16 season. All quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Follow him on Twitter @RobPollard_.


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